How Friendship Can Help Your Loved One’s Mental Health in Milwaukee, WI
Something many seniors may experience are the feelings of frustration that come with the realization that they cannot do as much as they once could. We often associate the changes that come with age as mostly physical, but they can also take a toll on a senior’s mental health. However, studies have shown that staying positive and forming new connections can be key to senior health and wellness.
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The Science Behind Socialization
Researchers give neurotransmitters the credit for the mental health benefits of socializing. While talking with AARP about this subject, Lou Cozolino, a psychologist and professor of psychology at Pepperdine University, believes that the release of oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin into the brain creates this effect. When a person’s brain releases these three neurotransmitters, stress is reduced and it’s easier to feel a sense of well-being and contentment.
How Can I Help?
One of the best ways you can help your loved one improve their mental health is by encouraging them to spend time with new people. When your loved one spends time with people outside of their normal circle, it can offer the opportunity to share their stories and memories with a fresh audience. This can help keep them sharp and can benefit memory retention.
The Comfort Keepers® Promise
Part of what makes Comfort Keepers® different is our caregivers and their passion for creating genuine friendships with your loved one. With Comfort Keepers® your loved one is cared for by someone who is a companion as well as an in home caregiver. We can support your loved one as much as they need, from helping with daily chores to cooking to simply spending time together. Our goal is to uplift your senior and help them to live comfortably and happily in their home.
If you’d like to learn more about senior health and wellness, our core care services, or would like to schedule your free in home consultation, please contact us online anytime or call us at (414) 207-6894.